The Persecution of WikiLeaks
Statement by Julian Assange opposing Internet censorship will be read at WSWS “Organizing Resistance” Webinar
16 January 2018
The webinar featuring David North and Chris Hedges will be broadcast live on January 16 at 7:00 pm EST.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 January 2018
The “untenable” conditions under which the WikiLeaks founder remains confined are the product of an unrelenting drive by the US and British governments to punish him for exposing the crimes of imperialism.
By Tom Hall, 26 September 2017
Ottawa’s justification for barring Chelsea Manning amounts to a declaration that whistleblowers in the Canadian military can expect the same horrific treatment meted out to Manning.
By Eric London, 16 September 2017
After a quarter century of war, there is hardly a decision made in any of the official institutions of bourgeois power where the military and intelligence agencies do not have the final say.
By David Walsh, 20 May 2017
The entire affair was aimed at discrediting and paralyzing WikiLeaks and creating conditions under which Assange could be extradited or abducted to the US, to be executed or condemned to a lifetime in prison.
By Robert Stevens, 20 May 2017
The case against the WikiLeaks founder was concocted from the beginning so he could be sent from Sweden to the US.
By David Walsh, 19 May 2017
Poitras’ film about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, the four lawyers contend, undermines the credibility of the organization at a critical moment and exposes the documentary’s subjects “to considerable legal jeopardy.”
By Bill Van Auken, 18 May 2017
Manning’s seven-year imprisonment at the hands of the US military was the most draconian sentence ever served for leaking classified documents.
By Genevieve Leigh, 17 May 2017
Manning has served seven years in prison, frequently under brutal conditions, for leaking evidence to WikiLeaks exposing US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 11 May 2017
The film broaches a dozen subjects and avoids treating any of them in depth, and often fails to take a clear position of any kind.
By Patrick Martin, 4 May 2017
James Comey complained that WikiLeaks, unlike the American media, does not work with the US intelligence community to protect its secrets.
By Barry Grey, 22 April 2017
The World Socialist Web Site condemns the reported preparations of the US Justice Department to charge WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with espionage and issue an arrest warrant against him.
By Kevin Reed, 21 April 2017
According to a press reports Thursday, the US Department of Justice has prepared the charges it needs to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
By Eric London, 15 April 2017
Pompeo’s speech lays out the new standard: the First Amendment only applies to speech that the CIA deems tolerable.
By Andre Damon, 9 March 2017
The WikiLeaks documents expose the US as the greatest “rogue state,” carrying out spying, hacking, exploitation and disinformation operations all over the world in order to further the interests of the US ruling elite.
By Bryan Dyne, 9 March 2017
Hastings was investigating CIA Director John Brennan when he was killed in a June 2013 car crash.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 March 2017
Amid Democrats’ claims of Russian hacking in support of Trump and Trump’s charge that he was bugged by Obama, WikiLeaks has revealed a vast CIA operation directed against the people of the US and the world.
By Steve James, 13 December 2016
Assange not only exposes the bogus rape allegations made against him, but presents a devastating review of the US-led campaign to ensure his arrest pending deportation.
By Robert Stevens, 15 November 2016
The Swedish authorities are blatantly flouting international law in their vindictive pursuit of Assange.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 October 2016
The US political establishment is prepared to use whatever measures are required to prevent a further exposure of the real social and political interests underlying the grotesque 2016 presidential contest.
By Andre Damon, 13 October 2016
Long-suppressed social tensions in the United States are expressing themselves in an election campaign marked by increasingly violent recriminations by both candidates.
By Steve James, 13 October 2016
Bellingcat founder Eliot Higgins is employed by the Atlantic Council, a leading US geopolitical strategy think tank.
By Paul Mitchell, 22 September 2016
The significance of the Swedish decision is underscored by the revelations from WikiLeaks, which have led US news outlets to declare they could determine who becomes the next American president.
By Tom Hall, 12 September 2016
Manning began her hunger strike in military prison on Friday in protest against the abuse and harassment that drove her to attempt suicide in July.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 September 2016
The Times’ vilification is aimed at discrediting in advance any information from WikiLeaks exposing the crimes of US imperialism and its favored candidate, Hillary Clinton.
By Adam Mclean, 19 August 2016
The Tor Project, a network and tool for anonymizing one’s internet traffic, has been a repeated target of attacks from US intelligence agencies.
By Paul Mitchell, 15 August 2016
Assange remains fearful that attempts will be made to railroad him to the United States, where a sealed Grand Jury indictment involving espionage charges is awaiting him.
By E.P. Bannon, 12 August 2016
Rich was in charge of DNC voter expansion data and had access to a wide range of information about the inner workings of the Democratic Party.
By Tom Carter, 4 August 2016
A recently published interview sheds light on the conditions faced by Manning, the US Army whistle-blower and political prisoner, who attempted suicide on July 5.
From WikiLeaks’ Clinton Email Archive
The New York Times’ chief military correspondent met secretly with State Department in 2010 to bury Iraq War Logs
By E.P. Bannon, 3 August 2016
The revelation of the correspondence again makes clear the degree to which the American “fourth estate” is completely integrated into the capitalist state.
By Patrick Martin, 7 July 2016
While some media reports claimed a suicide attempt was involved, this has not been confirmed by the Army or Manning’s attorneys.
By Josh Varlin, 26 May 2016
The Stockholm Court rejected the conclusion of a United Nations working group that Assange has been arbitrarily detained in violation of international human rights conventions.
By Laura Tiernan, 24 May 2016
The Sheffield meeting was a victory over efforts to silence Assange and close down debate on fundamental issues surrounding the escalation of militarism and war.
By John Vassilopoulos, 12 April 2016
A leaked teleconference transcript published by WikiLeaks exposed differences between the European Union and IMF on how to enforce a third austerity package.
By Robert Stevens, 11 February 2016
In seeking to undermine the UN’s opinion, the Guardian simply parrots the line of the British and Swedish governments.
By Robert Stevens, 6 February 2016
London and Stockholm have rejected the UN’s verdict that Assange has been arbitrarily detained.
UN panel condemns detention of WikiLeaks founder
By Bill Van Auken, 5 February 2016
Despite a ruling that Assange has been subjected to “arbitrary detention,” both the UK and Sweden vow to continue his persecution.
By Robert Stevens, 8 December 2015
Assange is the victim of a transparent frame-up. His sole crime was to bring to global attention the heinous war crimes committed by the US and other imperialist powers in Iraq and Afghanistan—crimes authorised at the highest levels of government.
By Paul Mitchell, 24 October 2015
Nearly five years after Assange’s arrest without charge, and in breach of a Swedish law, the prosecutor has still not taken a statement from the WikiLeaks editor.
By Robert Stevens, 15 October 2015
The decision to end the police presence outside the Ecuadorean Embassy in no way lessens the threat to the founder of WikiLeaks.
By Kevin Martinez, 21 August 2015
The imprisoned whistleblower was sentenced to 21 days of restrictions but was spared indefinite solitary confinement following public outrage over the trial.
By George Gallanis, 15 August 2015
The whistleblower faces solitary confinement for disorderly conduct, disrespecting corrections officers and having prohibited items.
By James Cogan, 14 August 2015
The passing of five years has not dampened Washington’s vindictive pursuit of the WikiLeaks editor.
By Mike Head, 13 July 2015
At least 46 countries are identified as seeking Hacking Team software to secretly access and monitor computers and smart phones.
By Patrick Martin, 4 July 2015
President Hollande has rebuffed calls to grant asylum to Assange in the wake of revelations by Wikileaks of illegal NSA spying on several French leaders.
By David Walsh, 15 April 2015
Penn’s views and activities are worth considering, especially in the light of his recent disgraceful comments about Julian Assange of WikiLeaks and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
By Robert Stevens, 12 December 2014
The ongoing exposure of the crimes of American imperialism over the past four years says much about why WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remains a wanted man.
By Robert Stevens, 22 November 2014
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s only “crime” is his exposure of imperialist war crimes and conspiracies against the world’s population.
By James Cogan, 21 November 2014
The ruling continues the monstrous frame-up and political persecution of the WikiLeaks editor.
By Robert Stevens, 20 August 2014
Assange was first arrested in London in December 2010 under a European arrest warrant issued by Sweden.
By Thomas Gaist, 17 July 2014
The detention order stems from trumped-up rape claims leveled against Assange in the wake of WikiLeaks’ publication of secret US military and diplomatic documents.
Two years of asylum in Ecuadorian embassy
By Bill Van Auken, 19 June 2014
Assange’s sole “crime” was to publish secret documents exposing war crimes carried out by the US government in Iraq and Afghanistan and conspiracies hatched by the US State Department in countries around the world.
By Eric London, 21 May 2014
New Snowden leaks reveal that the US government acquires the content of 100 percent of phone calls in the Bahamas and a second, as-yet undisclosed country.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 May 2014
Court documents confirm that the FBI and US Justice Department are continuing a “criminal/national security” investigation against WikiLeaks and its founder.
By Thomas Gaist, 19 February 2014
Files from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden show that the US has waged an international campaign against WikiLeaks, its founder Julian Assange and its supporters.
By Patrick O’Connor, 29 August 2013
The party’s turmoil provides a salutary lesson in class politics.
By Eric London, 22 August 2013
The sentencing of whistleblower Bradley Manning to a 35-year prison term will be remembered as a milestone in the collapse of American democracy.
By Richard Philips, 22 August 2013
The US documentary did poorly at the Australian box office following its release last month and was withdrawn from local cinemas after a few weeks.
By Tom Carter, 21 August 2013
Floyd Abrams’ letter to the New York Times dated July 31 typifies the response within “liberal” sections of the political establishment to the conviction of whistleblower Bradley Manning on espionage charges.
By Eric London, 15 August 2013
Bradley Manning issued an apologetic statement at his sentencing hearing yesterday in an indication of the immense government pressure on the young whistle-blower.
By Matthew MacEgan, 12 August 2013
The information presented by witnesses during this phase of the trial have demonstrated the extreme weakness of the espionage charges on which Private Manning was convicted.
By Matthew MacEgan, 2 August 2013
The conviction of Manning on espionage charges is a frontal attack on First Amendment guarantees of press and speech freedom.
By Joseph Kishore, 1 August 2013
Manning, Assange and Snowden have put their lives at risk to expose to the American people the secret actions of a military-intelligence apparatus that operates without constraint and above the law.
By Matthew MacEgan, 27 July 2013
Yesterday, the team defending Private Bradley Manning gave its closing argument, putting an end to this stage of the court-martial.
By Matthew MacEgan, 26 July 2013
The prosecution’s closing arguments on Monday sought to portray Manning as arrogant and reckless, operating with the conscious aim of providing information to Al Qaeda.
By Matthew MacEgan, 22 July 2013
The attempt to smear Manning as "un-American" underscores the frameup character of the procedures against him.
By Matthew MacEgan and Joseph Kishore, 19 July 2013
On the basis of the government’s line of argument and actions, nothing remains of the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
By Matthew MacEgan, 17 July 2013
The judge hearing the case against Bradley Manning said she would decide Thursday whether to dismiss seven of the charges.
By Matthew MacEgan, 12 July 2013
On Wednesday, the defense rested its case in the court-martial of Bradley Manning, a trial that reveals the anti-democratic character of the US government.
By Thomas Gaist, 10 July 2013
Bradley Manning’s defense team began arguments this week in the face of a preemptory ruling prohibiting mention of the Army private’s motives for leaking evidence of war crimes.
By Ed Hightower, 4 July 2013
In charging Manning with “aiding the enemy,” the US government is equating the publication of classified information about its secret and illegal activities with espionage, treason and aiding terrorists.
A cinematic disinformation job on Julian Assange
By Richard Phillips, 2 July 2013
Peppered with factual errors and outright falsifications, Gibney’s documentary is an attempt to discredit WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and defend the US intelligence apparatus.
“Truth is coming and it cannot be stopped”
By Eric London, 18 June 2013
In comments posted on the web site of the Guardian newspaper, Snowden skewered the Obama administration and Democratic and Republican Party officials, while indicating that more revelations are to come.
By Naomi Spencer, 6 June 2013
The government is determined to connect Manning to Al Qaeda, arguing that because the WikiLeaks web site is publicly available to anyone, Manning must have intended to “aid the enemy.”
By Naomi Spencer, 5 June 2013
The ongoing Army court martial of Private Bradley Manning is a crude political frame-up.
By Naomi Spencer, 4 June 2013
After 1,100 days in prison, Army private Bradley Manning faced a military court martial Monday. Day one of the trial was characterized by government secrecy, vindictiveness, and lies.
By Patrick O’Connor—SEP Senate candidate for Victoria, 20 May 2013
WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange has launched a new party ahead of Australia’s federal election in September.
By Marc Wells, 15 April 2013
Diplomatic communications expose the relationship between the Vatican and dictatorial regimes, from Chile’s Pinochet to Argentina’s Videla to Spain’s Franco.
By Naomi Spencer, 12 April 2013
A military judge ruled Wednesday that the government can call witnesses to testify in secret in the court martial against accused whistleblower Bradley Manning.
By Naomi Spencer, 18 March 2013
Attempting to justify the Times’ unprincipled role in the events leading up to Manning’s arrest, the newspaper’s former executive editor wrote a column on March 10, “Bradley Manning’s Confidant.”
By Naomi Spencer, 8 March 2013
The Obama administration intends to make an example out of the accused whistleblower.
By Naomi Spencer, 2 March 2013
At Thursday’s hearing, Bradley Manning revealed this extraordinary fact: before sending files to WikiLeaks, he contacted both the Washington Post and the New York Times, but neither paper responded.
By Naomi Spencer, 1 March 2013
In a statement in military court Thursday, accused whistleblower Bradley Manning admitted leaking government files, but pleaded not guilty to “aiding the enemy.”
By Naomi Spencer, 19 January 2013
Manning’s motive for leaking evidence of war crimes is not admissible in his court martial, the military judge has ruled.
By Naomi Spencer, 10 January 2013
Manning was granted only a 112-day reduction in sentencing on a life term in hearings this week.
By Naomi Spencer, 12 December 2012
Manning was arrested May 26, 2010, accused of the largest leak of classified military and government documents in history while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq.
By Richard Phillips, 11 December 2012
Julian Assange brushes aside provocative questions by CNN television journalist to promote new book on global internet surveillance and mass spying operations.
By Naomi Spencer, 1 December 2012
Accused whistleblower Bradley Manning told the military court of sleep deprivation, isolation, and torment by guards.
By Naomi Spencer, 30 November 2012
Bradley Manning took the stand to speak on his pre-trial detention Thursday. It was the first public statement from the accused whistleblower in over two years.
By Naomi Spencer, 30 November 2012
Psychiatrists testified Wednesday that recommendations to end Manning’s solitary confinement were ignored.
By Naomi Spencer, 28 November 2012
The Army’s pre-trial hearing resumed Tuesday against Bradley Manning, who is accused of leaking thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 September 2012
Secret US Air Force documents brand WikiLeaks and its editor Julian Assange as “the “enemy,” placing them on a legal par with Al Qaeda.
By Richard Phillips, 3 September 2012
Having defended Assange in 2010, the entire media establishment has now fallen behind the campaign to railroad him to the US.
By Chris Marsden, 27 August 2012
Britain’s largest pseudo-left groups have lined up behind the demand that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be extradited to Sweden.
By Julie Hyland, 22 August 2012
The British media has played a venal role throughout the ongoing efforts to witch-hunt and silence WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.
By Mike Head, 20 August 2012
About 200 police lined the streets around the Ecuadorean embassy in London as the WikiLeaks editor addressed hundreds of supporters and media representatives.
By Daniel O’Flynn and Rick Wilson, 20 August 2012
Two thousand protesters massed outside the Ecuadorean embassy in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
By Richard Phillips, 18 August 2012
Canberra’s refusal to publicly criticise, let alone challenge, the British government further demonstrates its role as a co-conspirator in the persecution of the WikiLeaks founder.
By Chris Marsden and Barry Grey, 18 August 2012
Britain’s aim in deporting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to Sweden is to create the conditions for him to be transferred to the United States and tried for treason.
By Robert Stevens, 17 August 2012
The UK government has threatened to invade the Ecuadorian embassy in pursuit of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.